Who are we?
We make high quality educational apps for kids. Our flagship product is Teach Your Monster to Read: a multiple BAFTA award-nominated educational app, one of the world’s leading literacy products played by over 1 million children every month.
We are now in the process of developing new apps and games for kids aged 4 and upwards, both in reading and in other areas of learning and development.
Who were looking for
– We’re on the lookout for a Freelance Product Director on a part-time basis. You will help us shape and support our product teams so that they can make even more magical products.
– You will support us in resourcing, onboarding and supporting our product and UX people.
– You’ll be working with them to help shape roadmaps driving focus and prioritisation.
– You’ll be developing and embedding our ways of working and quality standards across teams, ensuring value for money; instilling our values of open and candid communication; being a role model for our culture and values; and supporting and encouraging great cross-functional collaboration.
– You will support the Exec Director on key decision-making and long term strategy.
– You will be comfortable working in an agile development environment bringing experience in a range of different tools and methodologies. You’ll be agnostic and flexible, willing and able to help the teams find the simplest and most impactful ways to get value to users every month.
– You will have really strong skills in both coaching and mentoring – empowering our product and UX people to find what works best for them. You’ll have strong facilitation skills and a positive, constructive and collaborative approach.
How we work – this is what makes us different!
– We work hard at Teach Your Monster to make a great culture for the people working with us:
– We are run like a games studio or a startup, but our focus is on impact not profit
– Although small, we help millions of children every year with our games
– We have an flexible working style – many of us are remote and part-time
– We are family friendly, allowing people to structure their days around their family needs.
– We are keen to grow our team in as diverse and inclusive a way as possible – our team’s differences are what makes us stronger, more creative, highly engaged and more impactful
-We allow for as much autonomy as possible, and want you to work in the way that you feel will bring the best results
– We encourage open and candid communication, and actively encourage you to feedback on anything we could be doing to improve how we work.
This contract is an interim role for 6 months at 3 days per week.
Apply because you want to:
– Make a difference to children’s lives – we are run like a games studio or a startup, but our focus is on impact not profit
– Work flexibly – many of us are remote and part-time and we are family-friendly, allowing work days to be structured around family commitments
– Work with a diverse team on a challenge that will positively impact children and families all over the world.
– Surround yourself with smart, curious, and action-oriented people with opportunities to learn every single day.
– Be part of our culture of openness, candid communications, a learning mindset and respect for each other
– Take on responsibility, try new things and grow your skills in a purpose-driven environment
– Be autonomous, we want you to work in the way that you feel will bring the best results
More about Teach Your Monster
We’re part of The Usborne Foundation — a charity set up by Peter Usborne of Usborne Publishing to support early years learning.
We’re helping more than two million children every month to discover a love of learning.
With the help of friendly monsters, playful design and out-of-this-world storytelling, we create beautifully crafted games kids love to play.
Our first product was Teach Your Monster to Read: a multiple BAFTA award-nominated educational app, one of the world’s leading literacy products played by over 2 million children every month.
We’ve recently launched Reading For Fun, the newest educational game designed to get kids reading more, boost their confidence and inspire a lifelong love of reading.
As well as our work in reading we are now expanding into other areas such as maths, food and wellbeing
Please note this role will be mainly remote, working in the UK, with 2-4 days per month in person in London. The start date for this role is ASAP.
How to apply
Please send a short cover letter and a CV. If we’d like to know more and have a chat with you, we’ll be in touch
We are keen to encourage applications from all backgrounds, experiences and cultures. We support equal opportunities and welcome applications from people with disabilities. Discrimination has no place in our organisation.